Medway Gaming Festival – Prepare for a Gaming Odyssey at The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Get ready for an epic weekend of gaming madness at the Medway Gaming Festival across Father’s Day weekend on 15 and 16 June 2024. Immerse yourself in the ultimate gaming experience in a unique historic setting. The Medway Gaming Festival will take over the iconic Historic Dockyard Chatham for an unforgettable weekend of gaming, technology, and entertainment.

 The festival promises an array of adventurous activities that cater to every gamer’s interests:

  • Gaming Extravaganza: Explore the latest and greatest in the gaming world with cutting-edge technology, VR experiences, and a diverse range of gaming platforms, from legendary retro games to the hottest new releases.
  • Tech Zone: Step into the future with our Tech Zone partners, showcasing the latest innovations in gaming hardware, software, and virtual reality.
  • Esports Tournaments: Witness intense esports battles as top players compete for glory and fantastic prizes, creating a thrilling atmosphere for both casual observers and seasoned esports enthusiasts.
  • Military Simulations: Engage in fun family activities and learn more about the roles within the military, including flight simulators, ground operations, and testing out the latest gear.
  • Cosplay: Unleash your inner character and come dressed as your favourite gaming hero. Join the cosplay parade, compete in the costume contest, meet like-minded enthusiasts who share your passion for all things geeky, learn new skills in the cosplay village and engage in our dedicated cosplay stage. The Cosplay Masquerade will be taking place at on the Saturday and aims to give cosplayers the opportunity to gain experience in cosplaying, show off a fantastic costume or simply come up on stage and perform in character, with prizes for the winners.
  • Film and TV Guests: This year celebrity guests will be attending for the very first time in celebration of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s status as a major filming location. From actors to motion capture artists, voice actors to stunt performers and creature artists. Confirmed stars so far include: Julian Seagar (Vikings Valhalla, Fisherman’s Friends & Election Night), Josh Wichard (voice of Tav 1 in the game Baldur’s Gate 3), Shelley Bond (voice artist for Lara Croft in Tomb Raider) Chris Bunn (prolific background actor) and Kenny-Lee Mbanefo (prolific background actor).
  • Retroland Exhibition: Experience an interactive journey across the history of video gaming, including period dioramas, gaming stations, and special gaming features created just for this exhibition.
  • Stage Shows: Enjoy a range of stage shows, from live music to fun interactive stage shows, talks, and panel discussions.
  • Table-Top Games: Join tabletop adventures with a variety of games, welcoming seasoned dungeon masters and first-time players.
  • Lifesize DND: A popular feature returning with a completely new story, featuring real scenery, soundscapes, monsters, magic items, character costumes, and live Dungeon Masters to guide you on life-sized adventures.
  • Wrestling Arena: Experience high-octane in-ring action, brought to you by the stars of UKPW.
  • Not So Virtual: Experience gel blasting, intense nerf warfare, and the thrills of axe throwing, offering a break from the virtual realm.
  • Gamer’s Feast: Refuel and recharge with a variety of food stalls and refreshment options while mingling with fellow gamers.

This separately ticketed event is an important fundraising initiative in aid of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Visit for more information.